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| The orchestras of Frankie Carl, Carmen Cavallero,
Tony Pastor, Ray Anthony, Harry James, Charlie Spivak, Johnny Long, Les
Hite, Sammy Kaye, Bunny Berrigan, Ray Eberle and many more played here.
A skinny kid named Frank Sinatra performed with the Dorseys.
There were the young Clooney sisters, Abby
Lane with Xavier Cugat, the Four Voices, the Pied Pipers, the Beachcombers,
and such lead
There were excellent local bands, from the
days of Roane's Pennsylvanians to the Chris Powers Band and Angie Bergamini,
A good look at the local bands can be found
in Paul P. Pearsall's
We hope that the 100 plus photos selected for
this exhibition from
While open to the public, recordings made by
the great bands of
During the Commodore era, people went
out purely for the joy of touch dancing to fine music. No alcoholic beverages
were served, only
Hundreds packed the Commodore nightly to waltz and fox trot until midnight.
Often couples and regulars would plan in advance with whom
There were stag lines of single men and women
who would queue up
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